G'day everyone. Thought I'd throw together a report from a couple trips this week with some snapshots. I aimed capitalised on the decent weather conditions before the looming cyclone system arrived. I was feeling positive after reading some weekend reports, a few fish were around but bait might be difficult to tempt. My destination was Arra with a selection of dead and hopefully live baits on the menu in search of a spanish.
Turns out baits were is abundance, probably the most I've seen off Arra in a long while. Two drops of the jig and the tube was full, time to start my trolling routes. Within 10 minutes of trolling my daydreaming was interrupted by a large splash, followed by the ratchet screaming to life. A nice run, some solid weight and head shakes indicated a decent spanish was on the other end.
After checking out the footage from the morning I noticed I had captured the airborne strike just over my shoulder, which a nice surprise. Slow and steady I worked it in, turns out the fish was hooked awkwardly in the pectoral fin that made for a less conventional fight. A decent fish of 122cm was in the hatch, a perfect start to the morning.
Happy with my first result I continued to fish on. It seemed the spotties were out in force this morning as well, hitting my baits within moments of touching the water. I was satisfied with keeping 1 and releasing 3, leaving the fish biting and returning to shore.
With the fish and bait cooperating, it was hard to resist getting out onto the water again for another session. I had my fill of spotties and decided to focus on bigger baits for spanish again. I was blessed with some perfect extra large pike and wasn't long before we were in business once more. Another good spanish in the 120s caught in the same area as my previous 2 this season.
This fish gave a stellar performance and I managed to capture this cool shot too.
After a few more spotties released and I called it. A couple of fantastic mornings, thanks for reading.
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